Police find meth lab in Port Leyden, 2 charged with felonies

Photo courtesy of Lewis County Police - Charles W. Whitcher, left, and Kelsey Perretta, right, were arrested on Thursday in Port Leyden.

Two people have been arrested after police found a meth lab in a residence at 3342 Elm St. in Port Leyden, N.Y.

Posted: Sep 12, 2019 5:55 PM
Updated: Sep 12, 2019 6:13 PM

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. – Two people have been arrested after police found a meth lab at 3342 Elm St. in Port Leyden, N.Y., on Thursday after executing a search warrant at the residence.

Charles W. Whitcher, 39, and Kelsey Perretta, 24, are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine, both felonies.

At the scene, police found a pot methamphetamine lab, components used to manufacture meth, roughly 18 ounces of methamphetamine oil, about 3 grams of methamphetamine powder, one gram of crystal meth, scales, and two surveillance recorders.

Whitcher previously served time in federal prison after he was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in 2004.

Both were arraigned before Town Justice William Kiernan in Town of Lowville Court and were committed to the Lewis County jail with no bail.

The Lewis County Drug Task Force was assisted by the New York State Police Special Operation Response Team, the Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, the Troop D Narco Unit, the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, and Lewis County Probation Department to execute the search warrant on Thursday.

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